Massachusetts Medical Society: Electronic Health Records: Getting an EHR

Electronic Health Records: Getting an EHR


The American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA) allocated $19 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives to eligible physicians who demonstrate the "Meaningful Use" of a certified electronic health record system.

These resources are designed for practices purchasing an EHR for the first time, or upgrading their current system.

Incentive Program Resources

  • Meaningful Use Program Overview
    Who's eligible for the incentives, what's available, and when it's available.
  • List of Certified Vendors
    Review a comprehensive list of EHR vendors that have been officially certified for the Meaningful Use program.
  • Meaningful Use Rules
    A non-technician's guide to the standards needed to be certified as meeting the federal government's Meaningful Use criteria.
  • State Assistance
    The Massachusetts Regional Extension Center offers subsidized consulting services for practices seeking to have their EHRs certified under the Meaningful Use program.

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